Saturday, April 24, 2010

Truthout 4/24

Arizona Cracks Down on Immigration, But Congress Unlikely to Act
Margaret Talev and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers: "With a divisive new law in Arizona providing the kindling, the national debate over immigration has reignited, as Democrats and Republicans in Congress appeal to their political bases ahead of November's elections. It's unclear, however, whether Congress and the Obama administration are prepared to act on the issue or just talk."
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The Self-Importance of Being Robert M. Gates
Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout: "The leak of a sensitive policy memorandum from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to the president's national security adviser points to both a serious lack of discipline within the Obama administration as well as the defense secretary's effort to steal a march on his national security colleagues."
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US Nuclear Option on Iran Linked to Israeli Attack Threat
Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: "The Barack Obama administration's declaration in its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that it is reserving the right to use nuclear weapons against Iran represents a new element in a strategy of persuading Tehran that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites is a serious possibility if Iran does not bow to the demand that it cease uranium enrichment."
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Transgender Community in New Orleans Claims Police Harassment
Jordan Flaherty, Truthout: "New Orleans' black and transgender community members and advocates complain of rampant and systemic harassment and discrimination from the city's police force, including sexual violence and arrest without cause. Activists hope that public outrage at recent revelations of widespread police violence and corruption offer an opportunity to make changes in police behavior and practice."
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SEC Watching Porn Instead of Financial Industry
Husna Haq, Christian Science Monitor: "Just when it was beginning to repair its reputation with its high-profile case against Goldman Sachs, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suffers another major blow: Senior staffers there were surfing Internet pornography – as much as eight hours per day, in one case – when they were supposed to be policing the financial industry."
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A Year of War Would Pay for Local Jobs Bill
Bob Naiman, Truthout: "Sometime between now and Memorial Day, the House is expected to consider $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. This 'war supplemental' is largely intended to plug the hole in Afghanistan war spending for the current fiscal year caused by the ongoing addition of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, whose purpose is largely to conduct a military offensive in Kandahar that 94 percent of the people there say they don't want, preferring peace negotiations with the Taliban instead."
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What's Behind the Republicans Fielding 32 Black Candidates for Congress in 2010?
Rich Benjaman, Alternet: "File it under one of those 'Duh' statements. In remarks at DePaul University this week, Michael Steele, the Republican leader, declared that his party hadn't "done a very good job" courting black votes. Republicans, their leader charged, had "mistreated" their relationship to blacks over four decades with a "'southern strategy' that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote."
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